Allies; NASA; Path Forward; WPI; MythBusters
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Diversity News in Tech

Advocating for a more diverse engineering and technology culture.
Issue #39 // August 30, 2016

Etsy shares their extensive list of resources for people who want to be allies in the effort to make our workplaces more diverse.

NASA’s head boss (“Administrator” in their lingo) Charles Bolden tells the story of one amazing mathematician who was pivotal to the success of early spaceflight. Katherine Johnson has an amazing faculty for geometry and used those skills to calculate trajectories to the moon and back. The 1960s were an unwelcoming time for many African-American women in the USA, especially in the sciences. Last year, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at age 97.

The non-profit organization Path Forward helps professionals get back into the workforce after taking some time to care for children. These efforts are called returnships, and companies like Instacart, Zendesk and Coursera are participating.

One of the world’s premiere engineering universities, WPI, adds a diversity officer to help fulfill its strategic vision for the school.

Some thoughts on how to overcome objections to increasing diversity, by telling a story about the founders of MythBusters.

The CEO of Black Girls Code talks about her organization and how Silicon Valley needs to change.


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